Yesterday February 07, 2012, was a voting day in Missouri. In Barry County we had to items on the agenda. One was for Presidential candidates, choosing whether you wanted a Democrat ballot, or Republican ballot. I am not particularly fond of either party right now; but I did choose the Republican ballot and voted for Rick Santorum.
Another thing on our ballot was for a 911 tax. It recently failed. That was back in November by a very slim margin. I think the leaders of our 911 system have stuck it to the people of the area, saying they needed the funding, when they have operated since that time without a hitch. Many agencies need to learn to cut back on foolishness in spending. That is true in Barry County too. My vote on this initiative was “No!” for the tax. However, it passed; and I understand by a 2 to 1 margin. The majority has spoken; now we all will pay for it. Now they will probably come back in a couple to five years and ask for more.
Let’s get real though. In our present economy is it the right thing to do to increase taxes? Never. The idea would be to promote economic growth; and with that tax revenues will increase. So much for stimulating the economy. Remember Winston Churchill’s quote;
“I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” — Winston Churchill
Enough said here along the banks of Flat Creek.
I received this on an email group I am on.
Think About This Before You Vote …
In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress. — John Adams
If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. — Mark Twain
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself. — Mark Twain
I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. — Winston Churchill
Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. — James Bovard
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. — P.J. O’Rourke
Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. — Frederic Bastiat
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you!– Pericles (430 B.C.)
No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. — Mark Twain
Talk is cheap…except when Congress does it. — Anonymous
The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. –Mark Twain
What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. — Edward Langley
A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. — Thomas Jefferson
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. — Aesop
Some pretty wise thoughts.